pootzboy (1739) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2007 Something special for # 600: 2005 vintage
A fast pour puts a brilliant orange-ruby bockbeir in my stein....smallish white cap vanishes after the pour to a white ring, weak lacing on the glass because of the alcohol content.
Aromas are primarily honey and alcohol..some almond and vanilla.
Thick malt spin. oily mouthfeel, malty boozy syrupy character
Rich thick malt and honey slaver the palate in the front, light pearl hops give no real resistance to this boozy freight train...mid palate there are some prune-vanilla and maple syrup tones long wet finish where the thick malts and sweetness turn to a mead-like decernment then the alcohol spikes in and turns the whole thing medicinal at the very end.
This one has potential and I will cellar the other two I have for a couple of years before revisiting this beer....young ( a year old or less) it’s pretty 2 dimensional but still I like the flavor better than many young barley wines and imperials I’ve tried. Quillaraymi (89) - USA - OCT 1, 2006
This beer was of course one of a kind, the flavor was a little cognaqui, the smell like flowers and caramel. I like it! punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Dark brown pour with a purple hint. Smells of molasses, prune juice and a bit of spice. Lots of alcohol comes out in teh smell as it warms up. Flavor is much of the same as the aroma with some hopiness on the finish. Medium-thin body, high carbonation, and a lasting alcohol burn. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle, 2005. Pours pale ruby, thin off white head. Aroma is spicey, smokey, and fruity, Flavor is very sweet fruit, beef jerky, alcohol, and yeast. Strange. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2006
Tasted 2001 through 2005. 2001 was a dark reddish amber with no head and strong signs of maderization, maple and celery salt. In mouth, oxidized malt, vinous, with warm scotch alcoho, rich and smooth. Well blended. 7-4-8-4-15 <!-- BR --><!-- BR --> 2003 to 2005, were lighter coloured more like scotch/whiskey, no head. 2003 and 2004 had a lightly sweet liquorish aroma, with nougat, vanilla and aniseed. The mouthfeel was rich and smooth. 2005 was less complex, less sweet malts, relying on alcohol content, like a tequila almost. Overall, prefered 2003 and 2004.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 12 oz. bottle 2003 vintage. Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet! Almost like drinking a liqueur. Have drunk cognac with similar fumes as this. Thick, oily palate. Cloying favors with a brandy-like warmth from the alcohol. A little too much. Gimme a good Ayinger Celebrator. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2006
12 oz bottle, 2004 vintage. Pours a clear bright copper body under a very fizzy two finger beige head that almost completely disappeared. Aroma is an all out malt bomb with a hefty dose of alcohol fumes. Very clean though overall. Flavor starts out very sweet and one dimensionally malty and finishes with a hot alcohol burn. Alot of fig, date and toffee in the middle. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied yet for all the sweetness it isn’t overly cloying. Carbonation is soft and fine. Overall, this is as fresh tasting as ever, even after almost two years. Gonna take a long time for this to take on an aged character. beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2006
Clear, deep amber, with very thin white head. Caramel, rye, black bread, toffee and alot of sweet alcohol. IrishBoy (4200) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 7, 2006
2005 bottle; Nose is caramel malt and dark fruit; copper orange with a small beige head; caramel, toffee, and dark fruit flavor with some alcohol, the alcohol lasting into the finish. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle (Utobeer): Orangy amber with a fine carbed short beige head. Caramel and alcohol nose with some prune juice there. Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes topped off with stewed apples and hot alcohol. Medium sticky feel with a long warming touch on the throat. Ok, but OTT alcohol.